Srinagar: National Conference on Monday reacted strongly to a statement made by senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani on the GST row.
Geelani had last week urged traders to keep the special status of state in mind while resolving GST issue.
A joint statement issued here Monday by senior National Conference leaders Ali Muhammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mubarak Gul, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Mian Altaf Ahmed and provincial presidents, described Geelani’s statement as disingenuous and misleading, and accused him of trying to “bail out” the PDP-BJP government on GST issue.
“The deceptive posturing of Geelani on GST is a design to subvert the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and to bail out the present rulers of the State who are hell-bent to trample the aspirations of the people of J&K at the behest of the powers that be in New Delhi,” The statement said.
Stating that National Conference was the sole architect of state’s special status, and does not need any lessons from Geelani, the statement said,
“Sadly, as has become his habit, Geelani has yet again presented himself to be used as an evasive, last-resort measure by a cornered and deeply unpopular PDP-BJP Government.”
Alleging that there was a duality between reality and rhetoric of Geelani, “between asking the people to sacrifice while personally nurturing a quid-pro-quo relationship with the ruling dispensation” the statement said since the extension of GST in its present form to the state was a grave public matter that will have far-reaching ramifications for the state for generations, “National Conference cannot allow anyone, including Geelani, to ‘caution’ and browbeat the people against opposing such nefarious designs of PDP. The stakeholders – including our traders and businessmen – have every right to oppose the PDP-BJP Government and its machinations against the State’s Special Status and don’t need licences or permissions from Geelani to stand in defense of the State’s interests and the aspirations of its people.”
“They are competent enough to know what is important for the State and the interests of its people,” the statement said.